As a beginning piano student, you get used to your teacher correcting you at every step. Curve your fingers! Count carefully! Practice like this! A good piano teacher is a disciplinarian: he or she makes sure that students use the correct fingering, the correct hand position, the correct technique. Beginning students feel constrained by all the rules. Why can't they do it another way? It's easier to slouch or play with poor technique. But their teachers stand firm -- and rightfully so! Someday, the young beginner may grow to be an accomplished pianist.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.